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COVID-19 cases in NM continue slight downward trend into 2021

Dominick Armijo, a registered nurse at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, gets the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Jeremy Willard, another nurse, at the hospital on Monday. Armijo and four others were the first of 50 vaccinated at the hospital that day. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the first day of 2021, the state reported 1,286 cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths.

That is below the number of cases reported the day before, continuing a slight downward trend in the 7-day average. The average is now at 1,075 – the lowest it’s been since Nov. 7.

There have been a total of 144,142 COVID-19 cases reported overall. The New Mexico Department of Health has designated 66,638 people as having recovered.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, 316 of Friday’s cases were in Bernalillo County, 160 in Doña Ana County, 155 in San Juan County and 108 were in Sandoval County.

There have been a total of 2,502 deaths from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus since March.

There were four people in their 40s among Friday’s victims including a man from Lea County, a woman from Roosevelt County, a man from Sandoval County and a man from San Juan County. All were hospitalized and had underlying conditions.

Other victims include a Sandoval County man in his 50s who had been hospitalized and a Taos County woman in her 50s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. Seven people were in their 60s and the remaining were in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

The state also reported 791 people are hospitalized with the virus. That number is down from the day before when there were 803.

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